3 Strategies for Distraction/Composure Control

SITUATION I: The coach starts to yell/gets angry. “He’s incredibly angry at me.” Thoughts about situation: I lose confidence in my actions, think that I can’t win and even sometimes dig in just to get back at him. He’s irritated that I’m not listening. Healthier Thought: It really does not matter what he thinks because ... More

Psyched to Win, by Robert Nideffer, PhD

Dr. Nideffer refers to "Centering" in Chapter 8 of Psyched to Win as a technique, borrowed from the martial arts, whose purpose is to instill feelings of emotional control. These simple breathing and cuing exercises are used to calm and relax both the mind and body. Center of Mass Your Center of Mass is located one or two inches below ... More

Strategies for Regaining Performance Control

To have the capability to perform in crunch times it is critical to be in control of your emotions and channel the energy to the purpose at hand. Think of the last time you lost it! I mean the last time your frustration, or anger got the best of you in a very important situation. Were you able to get things under cotnrol before execution? If ... More

The Key to Cognitive Control is Self-Talk

Negative Self-Talk disrupts the automatic performance of skills. Negative self-talk becomes especially destructive when an athlete evaluates his or her performance and then engages in derogatory self-labeling or self-rating, by using labels such as choker, loser, etc. When athletes hold these negative thought patterns they will often ... More